Courtney Kalaher, M.A. and graduate of the prestigious New York University (NYU) Dance Education Graduate Program, developed and began teaching the Communication Through Movement Course for the Postsecondary Access and Training in Human Services (PATHS) Program in the fall of 2014. The course is intended to develop paths of inquiry and response approaches to learning and cognitive development. According to Kalaher, “Movement is a form of communication that can be used as a means to explore and develop skills in recognizing and understanding nonverbal cues in everyday social interactions. This course offers adults with disabilities and without disabilities a range of opportunities for the development not only of movement concepts but also for language and learning.”
Since working with at-risk youth in Washington D.C. inner city schools through the City Dance program and now the PATHS program at Texas A&M University, Kalaher has dreamed of establishing an inclusive dance program to provide opportunities for those with and without disabilities to interact and learn communication skills that are important throughout child development.
Out Loud Dance Studio was formed with the desire to provide an inclusive environment for students with and without disabilities to create, collaborate and share in the joy of movement. Through various dance genres including jazz, ballet, hip hop and creative movement students will have the opportunity to discover different types of music, move with sensory tools, interact with patient and caring volunteers and perform the skills they have learned together with a sense of pride.